Where? Ecuador  is a beautiful country located on the west coast of South America.


Who Can Adopt

  • Singles may adopt. Wait is much longer.

  • Preference for married couples—married at least 3 years.

  • Applicants  must be minimum of 25 years old and no more then 45 years older than child desired. Must be able to pass a psychological screening.

  • There is no preference provided to Ecuadorian heritage.


Children Available

  • Children available to the USA are ages 8–15.

  • Many sibling groups of 3 or more children, ages 2–17.

  • Many special needs children (ages 2 and up): cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy.

  • There is no shorter wait time or preference given to Ecuadorian heritage.


Waiting Time for a Referral

Time frames for international adoption are never certain. We have seen a significant
slow down with referrals. The time frames listed are based on typical experience of
dossier to referral time:

  • Children ages 8–15: 9–12 months

  • Children with special needs: 6–12 months



  • The average stay for prospective adoptive parents in Ecuador is 8 weeks.

  • Both parents are required to travel but one parent may return home after court which is typically 30 days after arrival.


Program Fees

Intake fee:  $250

Program fee:  $16,000 – 50% with dossier/50% with referral 

In-country expenses:  $2,195 when I-800 form is submitted + travel/food/lodging

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